Squad Picture [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

AFCON2017: Coach McKinstry and the Rwanda Amavubi have completed training ahead of their AFCON2017 qualifier against Ghana Black Stars.

 

[Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

 

The game is being played in Kigali, Rwanda. (5 September 2015, 15:30 local, 14:30BST, 13:30GMT) .

Following Rwanda's 1-0 victory over Mozambique in June, both Rwanda and Ghana go into the encounter tomorrow at the top of Group H on three points. Ghana started their qualification campaign with a 7-1 victory over Mauritius.

Despite Rwanda's ongoing progress - and being named 'biggest upward mover' (up to 78th worldwide, and 20th in Africa) in the September FIFA rankings released earlier today, Ghana remain at 27th worldwide (and 3rd in Africa).

 

 


Speaking at the conclusion of the training camp Coach McKinstry noted that the qualifier not only presented a great challenge for the Amavubi, but also a great opportunity.

“We will be going up against one of Football's top sides, so our players will all have to be at their best if we are to get a result” 

“It’s really a big occasion. The team have been working hard in training and are well prepared for the game”

 

 

Match pictures will be available shortly after the game. 

 

 

 

 

Coach McKinstry [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

AFCON 2017 Qualifiers

The Amavubi face Ghana this weekend (5 September 2105) in their second qualification game for AFCON 2017.  The game is a home fixture, being played in the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda. 

RWANDA FIXTURES - AFCON 2017 Qualification

  • 14 Jun 2015 - Mozambique v Rwanda
  • 5 Sep 2015 - Rwanda v Ghana
  • 23-26 Mar 2016 - Mauritius v Rwanda
  • 26-29 Mar 2016 - Rwanda v Mauritius
  • 3-5 Jun 2016 - Rwanda v Mozambique
  • 2-4 Sep 2016 - Ghana v Rwanda

 


 

 

 

Highlights from Training Camp

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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games and went undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.  In his first 3 months in charge, he had led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019; had put Uganda top of their AFCON qualification group; and secured 9 wins and 1 draw from his first 10 games.  In winning CECAFA 2019, Uganda did so by winning all six of their matches, only the second time in Uganda's history that they had done so by winning every game they played in the tournament.  In AFCON qualifiers, under his management Uganda were the only team of all 48 nations competing to have conceded zero goals from open play.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team (2013-14). Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  He was Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has come close to a giant killing before, when his Sierra Leone side came within half an hour of defeating Herve Renard’s Cote d’Ivoire.

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    Ed Dove Goal.com
  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
  • McKinstry has a voracious appetite for football and for learning, he lives and breathes it and his sense of adventure means predicting his next move is not easy.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
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